Known (erroneously) as the “crookedest street in the world,” this whimsically winding block of Lombard Street between Hyde and Leavenworth streets draws thousands of visitors each year (much to the chagrin of neighborhood residents, most of whom would prefer to block off the street to tourists). The angle of the street is so steep that the road has to snake back and forth to make a descent possible. The brick-paved street zigzags around the residences’ bright flower gardens, which explode with color during warmer months. This short stretch of Lombard Street is one-way, downhill, and fun to drive. Take the curves slowly and in low gear, and expect a wait during the weekend. Save your snapshots for the bottom where, if you’re lucky, you can find a parking space and take a few quintessential pics. You can also take staircases (without curves) up or down on either side of the street. In truth, most locals don’t understand what the fuss is all about. But it is a classic photo op. Fun fact: Vermont Street, between 20th and 22nd streets in Potrero Hill, is even more crooked, but not nearly as picturesque.
- Erika Lennert